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Blue Cheese, Bacon and Tre Stelle® Mascarpone Pasta

Blue Cheese, Bacon and Tre Stelle® Mascarpone Pasta

All ingredients rich and delicious are in this recipe – a mac and cheese delight for the cheese gourmand!

Prep Time:
15 minutes
Ready In:
30 minutes or less
Makes 4 servings
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1 lb dried pasta 6 slices bacon, chopped into 1/4” pieces 2 tsp | 10 mL all purpose flour 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced 1/3 cup | 75 mL white wine 1 tbsp | 15 mL butter 1/2 cup | 125 mL milk 1 tub | 275 g Tre Stelle® Mascarpone 1/3 cup | 75 mL Castello® Extra Creamy Blue Cheese, crumbled 2 tbsp | 30 mL pine nuts, toasted (optional) handful of chopped parsley


In a large pot of boiling salted water, add pasta and cook until ‘al dente’. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon pieces until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Pour off most of the residual fat and put skillet back on medium heat. Add butter, shallots and garlic and cook until shallots/garlic soften. Add wine and continue to cook for approximately 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in flour and cook until flour begins to brown. Add milk, stirring often until mixture thickens. Add Mascarpone and Blue Cheese and cook until cheese melts; approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add bacon pieces, parsley and pine nuts, and pour onto cooked pasta, stir and serve.

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Mascarpone Pasta Recipes FAQs


Can I change penne pasta for fettuccine pasta? 

In Italy, penne and fettuccine pasta are typically paired with rich, creamy

pasta sauces. However, if you want to experience the velvety consistency of the sauce in every bite of a mascarpone pasta recipe, we suggest opting for a penne pasta over a fettuccine pasta as the sturdy structure and hollow center will allow you to encapsulate all the flavor of the sauce itself more consistently than a fettuccine pasta can. If you do not have penne pasta in your pantry and still want to make this recipe, there is no need to worry; fettuccine pasta will work! 

Alternatively, any pasta shaped similarly to penne, such as rigatoni, will allow you to experience more sauce in every bite by coating the inside and rigged outside nicely. In addition, pasta such as an orecchiette or shell with a bowl-like shape can also enhance your past experience by scooping the pasta sauce in each bite, so you taste all the different flavors of all mascarpone pasta recipes at once. 


 Which type of vodka should I use? 

Adding vodka to pasta sauce is a common and easy way to enhance the flavors of your dish. Mixing a splash of vodka to a classic tomato cream sauce will brighten the taste and aroma you experience as the alcohol emulsifies as it is heated to create a smooth and silky consistency packed with zest. 

Further, the addition of vodka to your tomato sauce serves as a catalyst that enhances the other flavors in the sauce; there is very little vodka flavoring that will come through on your taste buds. Therefore, you can really choose any type of vodka you wish as you will not be able to taste the alcohol contents. Additionally, you can expect a higher-end vodka to taste similar to a bottom-shelf vodka that is more affordable. Thus, whatever you have in your liquor cabinet will do just fine! 


Can I add chicken to this pasta recipe? 

Yes, you are able to add chicken to any mascarpone pasta recipes to add more sustenance and flavor to your pasta dish. Alternatively, you can also try adding cooked shrimp as a protein choice as well. Further, adding some spinach towards the end of your cooking time can also enhance the overall taste of your mascarpone tomato sauce while providing you with a great source of vitamin A and some differences in the final texture you experience once eating the pasta dish. 

When adding chicken to your pasta recipe, make sure to boil your water first and add the dried pasta at the same time you begin cooking your chicken in a separate pan. You can then start cooking your sauce and have it simmer and stay warm while you drain your pasta. This way, all different portions of your mascarpone pasta recipes will finish right around the same time without overcooking.

On the other hand, if you decide to add shrimp to your recipe, begin cooking it on a large skillet on medium heat; approximately 5 minutes into your pasta is boiling. It should only take 3 – 6 minutes to cook your shrimp, depending on how big they are. Again, this will ensure you do not overcook your shrimp or allow it to cool down before adding all your pasta elements together.

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